Thursday, February 02, 2006

just four?

PapaScott thrust this lovely meme upon me the other day and I can just imagine the disappointment if I don't do it. Prepare to be amazed. Or not.

Four Things Meme

Four jobs I’ve had:
- Scooping ice cream at the Big Scoop Family Restaurant for $2.85/hour
- Processing reprint orders at a photo lab
- Tending bar at golf club wedding receptions
- Teaching English as a Second Language to Asian immigrants new to Vancouver.

Four movies I can watch over and over again:
Ferris Beuller's Day Off
Monsters Inc.
Finding Nemo
Sleepless in Seattle

Four places I’ve lived:
West Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Victoria, B.C., Canada
Hannover, Germany
Dullsville, Germany

Four TV shows I love:
Fawlty Towers
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Gilmore Girls
Bulle von Tölz (German detective show)

Four places I’ve vacationed:
Ashland, Oregon, U.S.A
Osoyoos, B.C., Canada
Kirriemuir, Scotland
Huelva, Spain

Four of my favorite dishes:
- sushi
- cheese and fruit
- any kind of soup
- peanut butter and banana sandwiches

Four sites I visit regularly:
You mean 400, sites, right? I couldn't possibly name them all. All the expat sites on my blogroll for sure.

Four places I’d rather be right now:
- beside the ocean
- in British Columbia
- in Washington State
- doing this...

108 Mile House, B.C., December 1989

Four bloggers I’m tagging:
Whoever's in the mood!


At February 02, 2006 1:31 p.m., Blogger Andrea said...

I did this meme just the other day, hehe
Monsters Inc ROCKS!
And 108 Mile House, my uncle lives there. WOW!

At February 02, 2006 1:40 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Andrea - Small world, ain't it? :-)

At February 02, 2006 2:12 p.m., Blogger Ms Mac said...

You're so cute!

Did you enjoy bartending? It was my favourite job!

Also, I adore Gilmore Girls. But I think everyone I know knows that already!

At February 02, 2006 2:22 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Ms. Mac - Correction - I WAS cute, now I'm just old. ;-)

As for the bartending - I was underage and they only really let me make gin and tonics, but yeah, it was pretty fun.

At February 02, 2006 3:10 p.m., Blogger Betty said...

I love Gilmore Girls, too. I don't get it on tv but have been renting them through Blockbusters. I prefer peanut butter/apple sandwiches to the banana kind. Try it. But really I thought peanut butter was not findable in Germany.

At February 02, 2006 3:50 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Betty! - We only get Gilmore Girls re-runs every afternoon dubbed into German and they just started showing last season's (or some season that's newer than the re-runs) episodes on Tuesday nights, also in German. Some day maybe I'll get to find out what the actors really sounds like.

And YES, peanut butter can be found! It's not Jif or Skippy and comes in teeny tiny jars, but it'll do. I like peanut butter and apple together, just not with bread, I don't think.

At February 02, 2006 5:06 p.m., Blogger cmhl said...

I love Ferris Bueller too!

Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?

At February 02, 2006 5:26 p.m., Anonymous mar said...

I love "Finding Nemo" myself, it's the kid in me... But I like "Sleepless in Seattle" too. I have seen this meme, it is a lot of work for the one writing it, it is a lot of fun for those of us reading it! I enjoyed it. Lovely picture of you.

At February 02, 2006 5:51 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

I could watch Monsters Inc. over and over again. It's a pitty falty towers isn't on anymore. Maybe I'll try to find the DVD's. I know they used to sell the collection. I really enjoy reading these memes.

At February 02, 2006 6:18 p.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

Have you ever added honey to your p-butter and banana sandwiches? Ooooh. And after finding those tiny jars here in Hannover, we bring over from Atlanta the biggest jar of p-butter we can find! I esp. love p-butter and Nutella. Now you're talking!

Ohhhh, and cross-country skiing! Heaven!

At February 02, 2006 7:09 p.m., Blogger Alice in Germany said...

Hi Christina,
Ace photo - have heard Canada is a skiiers paradise!

At February 02, 2006 7:43 p.m., Blogger christina said...

cmhl - That movie cracks me up *every* time. It's actually the first movie Mr. M and I ever saw together so it has special meaning for us. :-)

Mar - Yes! You really have to think hard to pick out those four things every time. I'm happy that I can still remember where I worked when I was 16, though. My brain must still be working.

CanadianSwiss - My mum sent us all the Fawlty Towers episodes on video and I could watch them every day.

Ginnie - Oh yeah, the sandwich is great with honey too. In fact, peanut butter and honey sandwiches *without* the banana were what one of my brothers ate every single day for lunch at school for about 5 years.

And I haven't been cross-country skiing since 1991 - Wahhhh! Not enough snow around here, I'm afraid.

G'day Alice! - Thanks for stopping by! Yes, most of Canada is great for skiing. Vancouver alone has three separate ski hills, not including Whistler Mountain where they're holding the Winter Olympics in 2010. I love cross- country but used to do a lot of downhill as well.

At February 02, 2006 7:53 p.m., Blogger Nyana said...

Wow, nice photo there!Christina is certainly a head-turning kinda girl.
On a side note, Ferris Bueller's Day Off was such a fun movie, I think I have watched it a zillion times- eating sushi while watching at that!Japanese definitely gave us a blessing with their raw fish and rice combo! ;)

At February 02, 2006 8:13 p.m., Anonymous Renate said...

I don't know if you'd really want to be in Washington State right now. We have had nothing but rain, with one sunny day thrown in, for the last two month and flooding everywhere. I usually don't mind the winters here (beats shoveling snow), but this is too much even for me. Thank god we are leaving for Hawaii in three weeks, otherwise I think I'd do a header off a bridge somewhere.

At February 02, 2006 8:34 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Oh man - I think I watched monsters inc about 40 times in 2003! All in French of course. So funny! I love the pic of you...bring back the memories...

At February 02, 2006 9:36 p.m., Blogger Berlinbound said...

You look like you're in heaven ...

At February 02, 2006 10:38 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

I've just answered to your comment on my blog...this is what I've written:

Oh chucks? Really? Errrr...could be....errr...Focus you said?? I'll go buy that tomorrow...if I can find the issue...

The posts are still there. Look for the January posts. Do you have a scanner? If so, scan the pic for me and send it to me via email...

At February 02, 2006 10:41 p.m., Blogger Sal DeTraglia said...

Hey! Another Fawlty Towers fan. I should've known.

Peanut butter and banana sandwiches? That was Elvis's favorite snack, but he fried his.

ChicagoKarl tagged me on the same meme. I need to do it within the next day or so. It seems like a nice, painless one. Memes are always good on days when the brain is lazy.

At February 02, 2006 11:09 p.m., Blogger christina said...

nyana - Yes, sushi AND Ferris Bueller's Day off in one lifetime is certainly something to be thankful for.

Renate - I've heard the weather's been really bad lately where you are, but a little (or a lot) of rain never stopped me. Wir sind nicht aus Zucker, oder? :-) But maybe I should change my statement to "Washington State on a sunny day" just in case.

Expat - we like to watch Monsters in English and German and then compare the two. In German Mike is called Mike Glotzkowski - what's he called in French?

Berlinbound - Well, heaven on earth, maybe. 108 Mile House is a great place for cross-country.

Elemm - After I commented I couldn't get your blog to load correctly any more. I'll try to scan the pic for you tomorrow. Can you mail me your email (mine's on my sidebar) in case I still can't get into your site?

Sal - Well, once again great minds think alike, eh? Fawlty Towers is pure genius. The boxed set we have has interviews with John Cleese between episodes so it makes it extra fun.

And yes, today was a very lazy day for this particular brain. I am hoping my get up and go will return some time tomorrow.

At February 02, 2006 11:59 p.m., Anonymous lydia said...

thanks for your kind words today, thanks for linking me and have done the same for you. cheers

At February 03, 2006 12:13 a.m., Blogger DUSIE said...

wow! cute pic!!! and that Dullsville!!! hahaha,- does it possibly live up to its wild reputation?

At February 03, 2006 2:15 a.m., Blogger Culinary Fool said...

Not trying to make you feel worse but all that rain Renate was talking about has been heaven for the mountains! I actually skied at Whistler on November 9th, if you can believe that!

You need to take a trip back out here and get in on it while you can! :-)

~ B

At February 03, 2006 4:36 a.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Christina - I honestly can't remember. Maybe it was just Mike. I just know that when they were flying in and out of the doors, the differences are just too funny. Maybe I'll have to rent the movie since it stayed in Switzerland.

At February 03, 2006 8:19 a.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

You got tagged....when will it END!?! Damn, I forgot all about "Ferris Beuller's Day Off". That was a funny one! Anyway, great pic. Real…sporty looking.

At February 03, 2006 8:20 a.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

...but "Finding Nemo"?

At February 03, 2006 8:32 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

Bulle von Tölz is one of the few shows on TV that actually makes me laugh out loud now and then.

Nice picture - do you still ski cross country or is there not enough snow for that up in your corner?

At February 03, 2006 8:40 a.m., Blogger christina said...

lydia - No problem at all. I moved to Germany when I was your age and I know exactly what it's like. :-)

stella's mami - Well, let's just say that living here makes you want to take lots of naps!

Brenda - Whistler must be fantastic right now! I haven't been up there for years. Have you ever skiied (sp?) Grouse or Cypress Bowl? Unfortunately we can only get away in the summertime these days so it'll be a while until we see the snow-capped mountains again.

Expat - I just checked and it looks like it's also Wazowski in French. I wonder why they changed it to Glotzkowski in German? You have to see it in English some time because Billy Crystal's voice is sooo good.

At February 03, 2006 8:57 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Duncan - it will never, ever end. Resistance is futile! And have you seen Finding Nemo? It's a masterpiece! :-)

Karen - Bulle von Tölz is SO funny. We just love it. I think they did a great job on the casting and it doesn't take itself as seriously as all those other Krimis.

We did have quite a bit of snow a couple of times, but I didn't have any ski equipment. Then my mother-in-law gave me her ancient skis and boots and since then there's been barely any snow at all! Murphy's Law, I guess. The closest place to really ski properly around here is the Harz Mountains, over an hour away and we never seem to get there.

At February 03, 2006 4:06 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

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At February 03, 2006 4:07 p.m., Blogger Angie said...

Thanks, Christina. I tagged myself!

I'm jealous because you look more comfortable on skis than I have ever been! Great photo. The irony is people have called my size 10 1/2 feet "skis" since middle school, so you'd think I'd be a natural. (That's 41 or 42 for all you Europeans.)

Or, as my little Spanish sister said once when we were shoe shopping -- "42? Que enorme!"

(The above trashed comment was mine, sorry. I had a typo and my internal journalist couldn't leave it up.)

At February 03, 2006 11:16 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Angie! It's an optical illusion. I most likely fell down 10 minutes after that picture was taken.

And I hate to tell you this, but if you decide to have kids one day, your feet will probably get larger. I used to be a 7 1/2 (Canadian, US sizes are a bit different, I think?) and mine went up a size and a half after two babies. That's plenty since I'm only 5'5".

Off to check out your meme action...

At February 05, 2006 4:28 p.m., Anonymous Alison said...

I love the Gilmore Girls too. Oddly enough I got hooked on them in Amsterdam where they were on every night. Now I am TV-less and seriously considering the 90euro to buy the newest season on DVD :) Great to 'meet' another Canadian out there in expat land. I'll add you to my blogroll and check back often!

At February 06, 2006 2:32 a.m., Anonymous rana said...

I loved Fawlty Towers which used to be shown on Doordarshan, the national Indian network, when I used to live in Calcutta (now called Kolkata). Never had a chance to see your other favourite TV shows, though.

At February 06, 2006 7:49 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Thanks for dropping by, Alison!

Rana - Oh yes, Fawlty Towers was a family favourite of ours. If you enjoyed that you'd probably like Monty Python although it's even more slapstick and off-the-wall.

At February 06, 2006 9:42 a.m., Blogger DUSIE said...

that's funny!!! i call where we live Schlafhausen (for Schaffhausen) and it seems that none of the locals ever thought of that but even they agree! to lots of sleep!

At February 07, 2006 3:12 a.m., Blogger Culinary Fool said...

I haven't skied on either of the little guys but I have visited Grouse a couple of times in the summer or fall.

I really like Whistler because it's so nice to just get there, park the car for several days and then walk to everything. We stay at gorgeous condos at the North end of the village and it is sooo relaxing. Even the skiing is relaxing since we are generally there for several days and don't feel the need to kill ourselves doing it all in one day. Plus there's the hottub to come back to... Ahhh.

It seems odd to me that you can't find a place to ski near you - but that's just my terrible knowledge of geography. :-( I need to visit a place to "get" it.

~ B


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